Tag Archives: Ontario

(1190) Loblaws wages


Why don’t big biz bosses look on paying living wages as one of the challenges of being in business?  You know, instead of something to carp about.  Why can’t our corporate commanders set living wages as a high level objective, apply the needed thought, creativity and resources and, well, just do it?  Or, is it that they just don’t like the idea of living wages to begin with?
Galen Weston knows paying a living wage is bad for capitalism. A full-time minimum wage worker takes home $25,877. In Toronto where rent averages $2,000 a month, that means living in poverty
torontoist.com
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(1178) This week in Ontario poverty


Here’s a hint or two at what poverty was like this week in Canada’s richest, most populous province.
Job vacancies in Windsor-Sarnia some of the lowest paying in Ontario
windsorstar.com
Hamilton’s poverty activists clash with business groups, Tory MPPs over labour reforms
hamiltonnews.com
Women, recent immigrants to see big benefits from minimum wage increase.  Of the 633,000 people who would receive raises in Toronto, 58 per cent are women and 17 per cent are recent immigrants
thestar.com
Demanding a fair share. Protecting worker’s rights in the on-demand service economy
ccpa.ca (links to 26-page .pdf file)
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(1173) Australia minimum


Australia’s minimum wage has risen by an amount just ahead of inflation and so is now $18.29 per hour.  Living wage territory, just about.
One hundred Australian dollars is worth one hundred Canadian dollars and six cents, by way of comparison.  This feature discusses the increase from several angles, most of which will be familiar to Canadians.
Fair Work Commission rules minimum wage to rise by $22 a week
smh.com.au
Shrewd businesses support $15 minimum wage and decent work
thestar.com

(1171) Bike up the GTA


Cycling for transportation is easy on your personal finances and your carbon footprint.  Scale that to the population of your community with, yes, a little help from the Infrastructure Department.
What Mississauga and Scarborough need to encourage more cycling in suburban areas. Advocates say separated bikes lanes are needed in both areas to make cyclists feel safe
cbc.ca/news
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(1166) Police chief on basic income


Nurses and physicians have steadily reminded us about the impact of poverty on our bodies, minds and communities.  Social workers, too.  Now we have commentary from a chief of police for an Ontario community that is part of a pilot policy project designed to guard citizens against poverty.  Chief Hagerty’s work week in Lindsay (population 20,354 in 2011) no doubt involves more than a few metrics related to general community welfare.  His officers are called to all manner of things from petty thefts to serious domestic violence.  They also see something of the effects of substance abuse and mental health difficulties on the community.  With such a picture in front of him it isn’t really surprising that Chief Hagerty has positive, constructive words for something that could increase the stability and wellbeing of the place he has responsibility for.
Lindsay’s police chief welcomes basic income pilot
precariouswork.com
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(1157) Economists on minimum wage hike


Where has this crew been all these austere years?  Dozens of Canadian academic economists and experts sign an open letter in support of Ontario plan to increase minimum wage to fifteen dollars per hour in 2019.
Minimum wage hike won’t bring ‘doom and gloom,’ economists say
thestar.com
Maybe a basic income will be up next for Ontario?   Either way, nice reading compared to the likes of this from Missouri:
Missouri set to reduce St. Louis minimum wage from $10 to $7.70
nydailynews.com
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(1143) Citizen psychology


If the poor are less likely to vote then they won’t do much to advocate for themselves in the form of activism, letter writing or calling elected representatives either, will they?
In Ontario there is an opportunity to lift up the status of the working poor.  This is a moment when a push from the electorate could make a difference.
Advocates: Ontario plan to overhaul labour laws, boost minimum wage step in the right direction. Labour advocates applaud sweeping labour reforms and Ontario’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, but say it needs to happen soon
metronews.ca
Ontario to consider boosting minimum wage to $15, increasing paid sick days.
cbc.ca/news
UK-based academic research confirms what many have suspected for years; that low-income people have little faith in the system.
How poverty makes people less likely to vote. It is not surprising that so many of the poorest people choose not to vote. Theirs is not an act of apathy – for they are often intensely political – but of disgust
theguardian.com
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